blog The ABC has confirmed that one of its websites has been hacked following the airing earlier this month of an interview held by Lateline with anti-Islam campaigner Geert Wilders. We’re not planning to link to the actual database which has been broken into and published online, or to those who claim they perpetuated the hack, but the ABC’s statement is as follows:
“Overnight the ABC was made aware that an ABC television program website was hacked. The website relates to the ABC television program Making Australia Happy, which aired in late 2010.
At this stage, we are still investigating the details of the breach. However, we do know that it has exposed the name, username and a hashed version of the password that audience members used to register on the program website. As soon as the ABC was made aware of this activity the site was shut down.
This breach originated at an overseas location and an activist has claimed responsibility for it. The ABC will be in contact with audience members who have been directly affected.”
Honestly, we’re not sure what to make of this. An anonymous Internet activist on the left protesting against a controversial interview by breaking the law and exposing the accounts of innocent forum users, and Geert Wilders on the right preaching against one of the world’s largest and oldest religions (and the ABC giving him a platform to do so). It’s like it’s stupidity from all angles. Can’t we all just grow up?